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May 4, 2016

An Open Letter to My Son’s Birthmother


To the woman who delivered the boy that I love: I know very little about you. I know how old you were when you gave birth, and I know a smattering of details related to your pregnancy. That’s it. Strange that I should know so little when you and I share so much. When I traveled overseas to meet our boy, I wanted nothing more in the universe than to be his mother. In those first moments when I held him–more precisely, he sat on my lap as he was already 4 years old–I thought of you. (Strange, perhaps, since the room was raining Duplo blocks and the noise level was considerably higher than a fleet of turbo jets.) As someone who was adopted, I should have had a better understanding of what it means to share a life, but I did not, at least not from the perspective of a … Continue reading

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May 2, 2016

Church Under the Acacia Tree | Ethiopia Update


Enjoy this update from our Ethiopia team– Greetings from very hot Ziway. This time of the year is usually warmer, but nothing like what it is this year. The officials are blaming it on El Niño. The high temperatures each day range from 90 to 104 degrees F (32 to 40 Celsius). This area seems to be turning back into the desert they say it once was.   A few weeks ago one of our teachers sent me a text message asking if we could help the small church he had founded outside the town of Adami Tulu where we have one of our large school campuses. Since we receive requests for help in some way or other every day, I was inclined to simply delete the message and move on. However, something stopped me from doing so. I asked the school director to have him to come to my office … Continue reading

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April 29, 2016

Don’t Waste Your Infertility


It’s been a few months since we received the hard news that our struggle with infertility would require more treatment before we are able to proceed with trying to get pregnant. Few things feel worse than waking up from surgery and hearing the words, “It was worse than the doctor thought; you will need more treatment.” I went into surgery hopeful and came out feeling like I had been punched in the stomach (physically and emotionally). This is not how we planned. This is hardly what we wanted. And this diagnosis only prolonged, and solidified, that we weren’t just a couple who was having a hard time getting pregnant again. We were infertile, at least for the time being. I wish I could say that my response to this news has always been Christ-like and admirable. It hasn’t. But through this trial, God has taught me some specific things about … Continue reading

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April 27, 2016

The Power of a Mother’s Prayer

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She was walking and didn’t know where to go. She couldn’t return home if “this” happened to her. She had no one to help her; no one to take care of her because her parents had died when she was little. How could she do “this” alone? She remembered the many nights of sleeping in the apple tree or in the cornfield. She remembered how she didn’t have shoes or proper clothes until she went to boarding school. She didn’t have much time either. She had to make a decision soon. She wrapped her arms around her growing tummy and said this prayer: “God…take care of my baby. Please, please let a family of Yours raise her. Please God, take care of my baby.” This prayer was prayed in 1963 by my birthmother. I was born in 1964 and adopted in 1965 before the Indian Child Welfare Act. My Caucasian … Continue reading

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April 25, 2016

Tie and Dye and Other Fun Skills | Liberia Update


Enjoy this update from our Liberia team– Energy. Excitement. Learning. Life skills. Lifesong Liberia’s vocational training is in high gear! Since its inception last summer, our vocational program has focused on practical instruction in several areas of study, including basic computer skills, tie and dye, and interior decoration. Students in the tie and dye class learned how colors blend and the intricacies of many different designs. They were thrilled to be able to sell some of their dyed shirts and other items! The interior design group learned various techniques for party decorations, including balloon bouquets and flower arranging. They also created woven placemats and other decorative items for the home. We have moved into several new areas of classes and hands-on training.  The girls have been studying cosmetology, hair care, and design. This is a very popular class! They are enjoying practicing on each other, and learning skills they will always … Continue reading

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April 22, 2016

5 Times Chosen | Family Friday


Because of Lifesong’s generous grant contribution and the Lord’s indescribable loving kindness, our family’s adoption journey has been made complete with the recent addition of our son, Matthias! Since applying for your grant, we had several potential placements fall through, causing us to dig even deeper into the faith we proclaim in the God who promises so much to His adopted children. When Matthias’ Birth Mother chose us (she was the 5th to do so!), we were holding hope very loosely, and yet, as we’ve come to say, “Hope Always Rises.”  As we look back at the past 3 weeks since hearing about his coming birth, then traveling, bringing him home, and truly over the past few years of pursuing adoption, we feel acutely familiar with the way the apostle John described the work of Jesus: “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I … Continue reading

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April 20, 2016

The Forgotten Initiative | Mission Moments


The Forgotten Initiative Celebrates 5 Years! We invite you to celebrate with us the goodness of God as The Forgotten Initiative (TFI)–the foster care ministry of Lifesong for Orphans–celebrates 5 years of bringing joy and purpose to the foster care community around the country! In 2009, God led Jami Kaeb, a busy wife and mom, to walk into her local state foster care agency and truly see the need of the fatherless in her community. Jami knew she could not fix everything for every child, but she also knew God delights in using willing servants with empty hands. She petitioned family and friends to help, and God did incredible things. It’s not that the church doesn’t care. The church doesn’t necessarily know how to help or that this community even exists.–Jami Kaeb God used the effort of one person who wanted to impact her community and–just as He did with … Continue reading

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